If you are considering a kitchen remodel, one alternative is to reface your Mesa AZ kitchen cabinets. Kitchen refacing is affordable, and takes less time than remodeling.
The process of refacing kitchen cabinets involves covering the frames with a thin veneer laminate of wood or plastic. the face of doors and drawers are replaced to match the new veneer. Then the reface is completed by updating the hinges, knobs, pulls, and molding.
Pros and Cons
If you decide to reface your Mesa AZ kitchen cabinets, these are the pros and cons you will want to consider.
- Refacing is less expensive than replacing kitchen cabinets.
- The work involved in refacing kitchen cabinets is considerably quicker.
- You avoid tearing out the existing cabinets.
- The process of refacing will not interfere with kitchen use.
- It is more eco friendly because you do not contribute to landfill waste.
- It will not fix a bad kitchen design.
- If you choose to spend more on the veneer or hardware, it will save you very little.
When you choose to reface your Mesa AZ kitchen cabinets, there are many finish options available. You can mix and match veneers from a wide range of colors, patterns, textures, grains, and more. Here are just some of the options available:
- Rigid thermofoil (RTF) doors. These doors feature a durable plastic coating over fiberboard, and are an affordable alternative to wood or laminate doors.
- Plastic laminates, which come in hundreds of colors and patterns, are durable and moisture-resistant, and are reasonably priced. You can pick matching or contrasting laminates for your doors and drawer fronts.
- Veneers made out of real wood include options such as oak, cherry, and maple. You can also choose stain colors. Wood veneers are the most expensive option because they must be carefully sealed to protect against moisture.
Are My Cabinets Good for Refacing?
If the existing cabinet boxes in your kitchen are in good condition, and structurally sound, refacing can be done. Kitchen cabinets made of particle board will work, but they require extra fasteners to make sure the veneer is secure. Cabinets that are not good refacing candidates include those with water damage, warping, or broken frames.
The typical refacing process takes between two to four days. When you decide to reface your Mesa AZ kitchen cabinets, a professional installer will come measure your cabinets, calculate the amount of veneer required, measure the correct sizes of doors and drawer fronts, count the number of cabinets to be refaced and how much hardware is required.
Once all the materials are ordered and ready to be installed, the old cabinet doors and drawer fronts are removed, and the surface of the cabinet boxes are prepared by washing the exteriors with a degreaser and lightly sanding the finish. To ensure a good fit for the new veneer, flaws in the surface are repaired or filled.
The veneer is then applied to cabinet faces and any exposed cabinet ends. Finally, the new doors, drawer fronts, and hardware are mounted.
If you would like to reface your Mesa AZ kitchen cabinets, visit Craftsman Cabinetry or call us at 602-714-8200.